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August 2015 archive

Aug 31

Unfortunately, airlines want to make a profit, too

One thing I’ll say about consumer advocate Chris Elliott: He’s persistent. This morning, he posted an article on chastising the airlines for “piling on the perks” for their best customers at the expense of their customers in economy class. He’s quite right about one thing: first class, particularly in international products, is getting better, …

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Aug 30

Extended stay properties (with a quick review)

When traveling for more than a few days, most people look for the closest and least expensive brand that they’ve heard of and hope for the best. It’s hard, though, to prepare for all the additional costs, including meals, internet access, etc. There is a way around those issues: use an extended stay property. Extended …

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Aug 29

Quick hits: Hyatt targeted promotion, Lyft

For those of you who are New Englanders, you probably have fond memories of Story Land, whether you’ve gone there yourself, taken your kids or both. I’m in New Hampshire for the weekend but couldn’t manage to disconnect completely. A couple of things worth noting: This is the time of year that summer promotions come …

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Aug 27

Why I gave in and got a Marriott card

Yesterday, I did something that I rarely do: I got a credit card for a program that I never use, the Chase Marriott card. The 80,000 point bonus (which ends at the end of August) was simply too good and the value from the card was way higher than the $85 fee. Truthfully, the application …

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Aug 26

News from around the industry…

Mileage deals are slow right about now, but there’s a few tidbits around the travel industry that are worth noting Get ready to take off for Cuba. With the US having reopened tourism to the island, airlines are already scheduling flights, with Bloomberg estimating that the number of travelers heading from the US to Cuba …

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Aug 25

Quarterly Priority Club bonus: Points or free nights (individualized)

A few times per year, Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG, owner of Intercontinental, Holiday Inn brands, others) does a personalized bonus, based on your stay history and spending patterns with its brands. There are a number of “templates” for offers and you will receive the one that is geared most closely to you.  This quarter’s bonus is …

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Aug 24

Mileage running for fun and, well, just for fun

I really appreciate my friend Marty. He’s a great guy and knows all the good restaurants in Las Vegas, but even better, he’s more, er, “enthusiastic*” about miles than I am. Whenever I tell my wife about one of my “exploits,**” causing her to shake her head, I can always point to Marty and say, …

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Aug 23

The two best airline elite perks (that don’t involve upgrades)

I write a fair amount about elite status, the extra perks that airlines give you for flying a certain amount of miles (and/or spending a certain amount of money) each year. To me, the best perks are related to the ability to upgrade, whether its free domestic upgrades or certificates for international upgrades. Because that’s …

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Aug 22

Copa Airlines offers business class bonus and it may be worth a look

Not many people have heard of Copa Airlines. Previously owned by Continental (who, in turn, has now been renamed United), Copa is a Panamanian carrier with a unique business model, connecting north-south passengers between North American and Latin/South America, on routes that are too sparse to have a non-stop. It is now a member of …

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Aug 21

The Hilton 4Q promotion is actually quite good (Oh, yeah, there’s a Marriott offer, too.)

Hilton just announced its promotion for the fourth quarter, and it’s actually a good one. From September 1-December 31, you will earn double points for stays for Monday-Thursday nights, and triple points on Fri-Sun nights. Only base points (10 per dollar spent) are doubled and you need to register here, but that’s about the extent …

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